Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Leigh-Ann | 2009/04/06

Q.

Introducing a 2nd language

My son is now 25 months and his vocabulary is picking up nicely. Even though he goes to a dual medium daycare centre, his teacher is Afrikaans-speaking and does speak more Afrikaans than English (English is his home language). I found that he refers to many things in Afrikaans. Is this in order at his age or should one first allow him to get more familiar with his first language (English) before introducing him to a second language. Is she actually confusing him or is it good to be introduced to another language at this stage of his development? Your advice would be appreciated. Many thanks, Leigh-Ann

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You do not need to worry. You will find that your little son will simply learn both languages.

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